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What butchers and abattoirs look for

What butchers and abattoirs look for

To increase your profit, you need to know the age and body condition of your animals and what prices to expect from the markets. Remember, a heavier carcass may not...
Smartphone apps – a clever weapon against intruders

Smartphone apps – a clever weapon against intruders

With the development of new, customised technology, a smartphone can function as a highly effective crime prevention and safety device.
Estate Duty and Donations Tax increase

Estate Duty and Donations Tax increase

Estate Duty is a tax which is payable by every person who dies and who was ordinarily resident* in South Africa at the date of death or who was not...
Water availability: crucial to profitable livestock production

Water availability: crucial to profitable livestock production

Fresh water is becoming an ever-scarcer resource. This places all forms of agriculture, including livestock farming, under increasing pressure, warns Shane Brody.
Diversifying your income with UK retirement investments

Diversifying your income with UK retirement investments

The repo rate in South Africa has been slashed from 6.75% to 6.5%. Typically, a decrease in interest rates causes house price growth, so it’s great news for the property...
Waste management fundamentals

Waste management fundamentals

By law, you are required to store or dispose of waste responsibly. Failure to do so may result in a fine. More seriously, it harms the environment.
Keeping the farm in the family

Keeping the farm in the family

A big concern for farm owners is how to ensure their farms stay in the family for generations to come.
Proper estate planning is necessary

Proper estate planning is necessary

Proper estate planning can spare future generations much unhappiness and legal costs especially where the succession of agricultural property is involved.
The basics of subdividing:

The basics of subdividing

The assistance of a land surveyor is key to ensuring lawful procedure. Altus Strydom, chairperson of the South African Geomatics Institute, spoke to Gerhard Uys.
When to postpone a disciplinary hearing

When to postpone a disciplinary hearing

Holding a disciplinary hearing must follow due process. This includes taking into account when to postpone the hearing.
Counting the cost of your farm

Counting the cost of your farm

Farm input costs include items such as feed, labour and machinery. The following general cost input terms are useful in calculating precisely how much your farm costs you to run.
The last harvest – guidelines to retiring

The last harvest – guidelines to retiring

According to Stats SA, only 6% of South Africans can afford to retire comfortably, while retirement planning was highlighted as the biggest financial planning concern amongst commercial farmers in a...

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Vehicle path management: key to reducing compaction

Vehicle path management: key to reducing compaction

Efficient in-field mechanisation is a major contributor to higher yield and lower production costs. Unfortunately, mechanisation also means that machinery wheels regularly compact the soil. According to precision farming specialist...

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